Tag Archives: ateïsme

God — A Personal Story

I want to wrap up this series on atheism with a personal story about the point in time where I started diverging from the concept of God. I was very young then, about five years old. I had lost a pencil. It had just slipped out of my schoolbag, which was nothing more than a plastic basket with open weaves and a handle. When I realized that I had lost the pencil, I was quite upset. I think I was worried that I would get a scolding for my carelessness. Jy sien, my family wasn’t rich. We were slightly better off than the households in our neighborhood, but quite poor by any global standards. The new pencil was, my, a prized possession.

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The Origins of Gods

The atheist-theist debate boils down to a simple question — Did humans discover God? Of, did we invent Him? The difference between discovering and inventing is the similar to the one between believing and knowing. Theist believe that there was a God to be discovered. Atheists “weet” that we humans invented the concept of God. Belief and knowledge differ only slightly — knowledge is merely a very very strong belief. A belief is considered knowledge when it fits in nicely with a larger worldview, which is very much like how a hypothesis in physics becomes a theory. While a theory (such as Quantum Mechanics, byvoorbeeld) is considered to be knowledge (or the way the physical world really is), it is best not to forget the its lowly origin as a mere hypothesis. My focus in this post is the possible origin of the God hypothesis.

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Atheism and Unreal God

The only recourse an atheist can have against this argument based on personal experience is that the believer is either is misrepresenting his experience or is mistaken about it. I am not willing to pursue that line of argument. I know that I am undermining my own stance here, but I would like to give the theist camp some more ammunition for this particular argument, and make it more formal.

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Atheism vs. God Experience

I have a reason for delaying this post on the fifth and last argument for God by Dr. William Lane Craig. It holds more potency than immediately obvious. While it is easy to write it off because it is a subjective, experiential argument, the lack of credence we attribute to subjectivity is in itself a result of our similarly subjective acceptance of what we consider objective reason and rationality. I hope that this point will become clearer as you read this post and the next one.

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Atheism and the Morality of the Godless

In the previous post, we considered the cosmological argument (that the Big Bang theory is an affirmation of a God) and a teleological argument (that the highly improbable fine-tuning of the universe proves the existence of intelligent creation). We saw that the cosmological argument is nothing more than an admission of our ignorance, although it may be presented in any number of fancy forms (such as the cause of the universe is an uncaused cause, which is God, byvoorbeeld). The teleological argument comes from a potentially wilful distortion of the anthropic principle. The next one that Dr. Craig puts forward is the origin of morality, which has no grounding if you assume that atheism is true.

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Atheism – Christian God, or Lack Thereof

Prof. William Lane Craig is way more than a deist; he is certainly a theist. In werklikheid, he is more than that; he believes that God is as described in the scriptures of his flavor of Christianity. I am not an expert in that field, so I don’t know exactly what that flavor is. But the arguments he gave do not go much farther than the deism. He gave five arguments to prove that God exists, and he invited Hitchens to refute them. Hitchens did not; ten minste, not in an enumerated and sequential fashion I plan to do here.

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Atheism – Is There a God?

Onlangs, I have been listening to some debates on atheism by Christopher Hitchens, as recommended by a friend. Although I agree with almost everything Hitchens says (said rather, because he is no longer with us), I find his tone bit too flippant and derisive for my taste, much like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I am an atheist, as those who have been following my writings may know. Given that an overwhelming majority of people do believe in some sort of a supreme being, at times I feel kind of compelled to answer the question why I don’t believe in one.

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Glo jy in God?

Ek het in die moeilikheid vir hierdie vraag een keer. Die persoon wat ek die vraag gevra het kwaad omdat sy voel dat dit te persoonlik. So ek gaan nie om jou te vra of jy glo in God. Moenie vir my sê — Ek sal jou vertel! Ek sal ook vertel 'n bietjie meer oor jou persoonlikheid later in hierdie post.

Ok, hier is die deal. Jy neem die quiz hieronder. Dit het meer as 40 ware-of-vals-vrae oor jou gewoontes en maniertjies. Sodra jy hulle antwoord, Ek sal jou vertel of jy glo in God, en indien wel,, hoeveel. As jy verveeld na sê 20 vrae of so, dit is okay, you can quit the quiz and get the Rate. Maar hoe meer vrae wat jy beantwoord, die meer akkurate my raaiskoot oor jou geloof gaan wees.


Once you have your Score (of Rate, as jy nie klaar is met die toets het), Klik op die knoppie wat ooreenstem met dit.

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Hier is hoe dit werk. Daar is 'n afdeling van arbeid gaan aan in ons brein, volgens die teorie van hemisferiese spesialisasie van breinfunksies. In hierdie teorie, Die linkerhemisfeer van die brein word beskou as die oorsprong van die logiese en analitiese denke, en die reg halfrond is die oorsprong van skeppende en intuïtiewe denke. Die sogenaamde linkerbrein persoon gedink lineêre te wees, logiese, analitiese, en emosieloos; en die regs-brained persoon is vermoedelik ruimtelike wees, kreatiewe, mistieke, intuïtiewe, en emosionele.

Hierdie idee van hemisferiese spesialisasie 'n interessante vraag: is ateïsme wat verband hou met die logiese halfrond? Is ateïste minder emosionele? Ek dink nie so nie, en hierdie toets is gebaseer op die oortuiging. Die quiz toetse of jy “linker-brein” persoon. As jy 'n hoë telling, jou linkerbrein dominant, en jy is geneig om te wees meer analitiese en logiese as intuïtief of kreatiewe. En, volgens my vermoede, jy is waarskynlik 'n ateïs te wees. Het dit werk vir jou?

Wel, selfs al het dit nie, nou weet jy of jy analitiese of intuïtiewe. Los 'n kommentaar om my te laat weet hoe dit gewerk.

[Hierdie pos is 'n geredigeerde uittreksel uit my boek Die onwerklik Heelal]

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